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County park visitors will now have an opportunity to recycle thanks to a Keep America Beautiful grant from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
Oldham County was chosen as one of 35 local governments across the nation to receive a recycling grant. The group gave the parks department 24 bright blue recycle bins, providing easy access for people to recycle cans and bottles instead of throwing them away.
Tim Curtis, director of Oldham County Parks and Recreation, said he thinks the new bins will encourage people to be more environmentally friendly. Previously, all the parks department had in the parks were trash cans.
"We're really counting on the park patrons to put their trash in the trash cans and the bottles and cans in the recycling bins," Curtis said. "And we will then in turn, take it to the recycling center."
Despite not having recycling bins previously, Curtis said the bins are designed to let people know they are there and what they are for.
Curtis thanked Becky Zocklein, Oldham County's grant writer for her help in writing the grant and seeing it through. He said he was excited that the county was chosen out of the many that applied.
"It's really great, and I'm just so happy," he said. "It really says a lot to the work she's done, and its just going to be a really big improvement for our parks."
Zocklein said the bins will not only keep the parks looking better, they will also raise more awareness about recycling which is an added bonus for the county.
The bins were distributed to all five parks in the county. Briar Hill, Morgan Conservation, Peggy Baker, Wendell Moore and Westport park all received at least a couple of the bright blue bins. Curtis said most of them went to Wendell Moore because of the expansive walking trails and pool area.
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